Updated (April 2011): Compare the Canon EOS 500D vs Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100 vs Canon EOS 500D

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105

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 500D

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
159 ms shutter lag
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm)
Thickness
Thin
2.4"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 500D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
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Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$747 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$677 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

Canon EOS 500D Competitors

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Canon EOS 600D

Entry-level DSLR

$863 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
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Canon EOS 1200D

Entry-level DSLR

$405 - $633 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
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Canon EOS 550D

Entry-level DSLR

$707 with 18-135mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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Me (2:49 PM, September 24, 2011)
The canon does have autofocus for video - I've got it. 
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:45 PM, July 21, 2011)
See our Canon 500D prices page!
 
TOONI (9:26 AM, July 21, 2011)
the price for canon 500d please ?